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Taco Seasoning

close up overhead shot of a jar full of Taco Seasoning
Make your own homemade taco seasoning with a handful of pantry staples and add an extra rich flavor to your next taco night.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Other
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 288 kcal


  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • In a small bowl or a ½ pint mason jar, combine all the above spices. Stir well to combine.
  • This taco seasoning spice blend can be stored in a sealed container for up to 1 year in the pantry.


You can use 3 tablespoons (1 ounce) of this spice blend in any recipe that calls for a ‘packet’ of taco seasoning mix.
If you do not wish to put the cornstarch in your spice blend, that is fine. The cornstarch is what gives the “packet” effect of making your ground beef for tacos have a slight sauce to it. It will taste delicious either way.
If you like more or less, heat to your tacos, you can adjust the amount of cayenne pepper accordingly.
Mason jars make great spice containers for your homemade spice blends. They are easy to stack in your pantry, and you can buy them in bulk for a reasonable price.


Calories: 288kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 11gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 7541mgPotassium: 1368mgFiber: 21gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 17031IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 348mgIron: 19mg